Punk The Best Punk Bands Of All Time  

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List Rules The definition of "punk" is nebulous - if you don't consider a band punk, feel free to vote em down

The subject of who is the greatest punk band has fueled argument and debate for decades. Punk and punk inspired musical acts are more common than ever but the underground punk acts of the 70s and 80s will always be remembered for creating a culture for rebellion. From 80s punk to today's top punk bands, which are the best punk rock bands of all time and the best punk bands ever? These punk rocks are also making some of the best rock songs of 2018.

Good punk bands aren't hard to find, there's plenty of great punk music out there, thanks to the many punk groups on this list. Don't see your favorite punk rockers below? Click Rerank to add your list of your favorite punk bands here or vote up the punk acts you love and help create the definitive list of the greatest famous punk bands of all time.

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1
7,242 3,848
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

2
8,020 3,379
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

3
7,348 3,331
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle

4
6,473 2,453
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Bleed for Me

5
4,146 3,002
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

6
4,619 3,077
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Damaged, In My Head, My War

7
5,001 3,290
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us

8
4,616 3,161
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Recipe for Hate, The Empire Strikes First, Stranger Than Fiction

9
4,030 2,171
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks, Product

10
4,218 2,245
The Damned is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Phantasmagoria, The Black Album, Not of This Earth

11
3,687 2,612
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Complete Discography, Minor Threat, First Demo Tape

12
3,588 2,533
Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

13
4,014 3,222
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
…and Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go, Indestructible

14
3,494 2,043
Descendents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Everything Sucks, Milo Goes to College, I Don't Want to Grow Up

15
5,437 2,584
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

16
6,040 6,155
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

17
4,830 4,175
The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Smash, Americana, The Offspring

18
4,220 3,123
NOFX is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Punk in Drublic, Pump Up the Valuum, The War on Errorism

19
3,599 2,756
Social Distortion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Social Distortion, White Light White Heat White Trash, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

20
2,861 2,009
Circle Jerks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Group Sex, Golden Shower of Hits, Oddities

21
3,197 2,505
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance

22
2,264 2,284
Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Zen Arcade, Flip Your Wig, Warehouse: Songs and Stories

23
2,481 1,871
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, Cause I Sez So

24
2,559 1,250
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
pigonthewing added Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

25
2,605 1,911
Fugazi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Argument, Repeater, 13 Songs

26
2,083 1,829
X is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Los Angeles, Under the Big Black Sun, Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

27
2,477 2,190
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Lint Rides Again, Energy, Plea for Peace

28
2,399 1,484
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

29
2,705 2,571
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

30
2,161 712
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Corey Watson added The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

31
2,779 1,768
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nocturne, Once Upon a Time: The Singles

32
2,448 1,479
The Exploited is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Massacre, Beat the Bastards, Horror Epics

33
1,987 1,675
Dead Milkmen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The King in Yellow, Beelzebubba, Big Lizard in My Backyard

34
1,851 1,729
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Back in the USA

35
2,415 1,819
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Suicidal for Life, The Art of Rebellion, Join the Army

36
1,938 1,164
Generation X is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Micksandy added Generation X, Kiss Me Deadly, Valley of the Dolls

37
1,978 1,394
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

38
2,303 1,498
The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
VaniadeBie-vernet added No More Heroes, The Stranglers, Aural Sculpture

39
2,612 2,272
Pennywise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Land of the Free?, About Time, Home Movies

40
1,531 1,561
Minutemen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Double Nickels on the Dime, My First Bells, Introducing the Minutemen

41
3,610 4,319
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182

42
1,996 1,223
Crass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Merry Crassmas, Acts of Love: Fifty Songs to My Other Self, The Feeding of the 5000

43
1,657 1,418
Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
jinxiethelucky added Living in Darkness, This Is the Voice, Virtually Indestructible

44
2,091 1,471
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
GeorgeRainey added Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

45
2,328 1,460
Sham 69 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
The Adventures of Hersham Boys, The A Files, The Game

46
1,597 1,430
The Vandals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World!, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

47
1,362 1,361
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
Destiny Street, Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's, Time

48
1,679 1,147
Germs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
(MIA) The Complete Anthology, Live at the Whisky, First Show Ever

49
1,502 1,452
Butthole Surfers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
MadameLil added Electriclarryland, Hairway to Steven, Locust Abortion Technician

50
1,452 1,382
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Punk Bands Of All Time
L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes, So Alone, Down to Kill